It’s May, which means it’s another big month for mental health! May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States, an annual event dedicated to raising national mental health awareness. While mental health awareness occurs year round, this month is a time for specific conversations about reducing the mental health stigma and advocating the mental health policies and services that people need. Different organizations will have different themes, and this month is a good time for the mental health community to come together and advocate for what we ALL need to maintain mental wellbeing. Here are some campaigns to watch out for this month!
You’re not alone
This year the National Alliance on Mental Illness decided to stick to the same theme as last year and continue to share the message that you are not alone to focus on connecting with others and ours Exchange experiences in the field of mental health. By sharing resources and encouraging people to share their stories, they continue to spread awareness by helping people feel less alone in their struggle. The fact is, one in five adults in America has a mental illness each year and campaigns like NAMI’s are highlighting this community to bring us together.
Tools 2 flourish
Like NAMI, Mental Health America continues its theme for the past year, Tools 2 Thrive, sharing information that provides practical tools and resources for people living with and suffering from mental illness. In particular, this year’s toolkit contains information on: adaptation after trauma and stress; Dealing with anger and frustration; get out of thought traps; process big changes; take time for yourself; and radical acceptance. In the light of the pandemic, to encourage a greater focus on mental health, each of us could learn a new tool or way to treat mental illness.
This month is not broken
As for the blog, I am hoping for a month of sharing resources, information, and experiences from people about mental health and living with mental illness. I will also feature an Instagram Live series for later this month that will focus on sharing experiences, reducing stigma, and spreading mental health awareness. If you would like to see specific posts / content, please let me know!
Mental Health Awareness Month is set against a backdrop of a pandemic again, and I hope I can focus a little on how the pandemic is affecting our mental health – which the past year did to where we are now and how we can move forward to increase / maintain spiritual wellbeing for the duration of this pandemic. I look forward to learning from many amazing sources this month and to sharing what I am learning with all of you. I see this month as a foot in the door for others to begin long term mental health and wellbeing conversations. As a mental health community, we are stronger together and this month will help build the strength and confidence to get the message across all year round.